With the non-stop renovations happening at the house, last week we decided to finally give ourselves a day off and explore our new home! There is so much to see and do here on Whidbey Island that it would be impossible to fit it all in one day, so we just focused on one of the most popular areas: Deception Pass State Park.
Every weekend in the summer, hundreds of tourists swarm to the island to see the park and I don’t blame them (although I do wish the traffic wasn’t so horrible)! The pass is truly a spectacular sight and the bridge and beaches are such beautiful areas to visit. We wanted to make the most of our day and packed up some snacks, fishing gear and our masks and set out!
Because the bridge gets so busy (even during the week!) we stopped there first thing in the morning before it got too crowded. We already purchased the required parking pass when we first moved, so it was easy to park and head right out onto the bridge. I’m still healing from hip surgery, but luckily was having a pretty good day so I was able to take the stairs down underneath the bridge for an amazing view.
We walked a little ways along the path underneath the bridge. It was still quiet in the morning with no one else on the trail, and we loved looking at the blue water and sun peeking through the trees and all of the lush green plants along the trail. These trails go both up the side of the pass and down to the beach on the other side, although I wasn’t feeling well enough to make the full trek on either side. Next time!
Once we went up onto the bridge, it’s much less calm! The sidewalk for pedestrians is very narrow, with cars rushing past right next to us as we walked along the bridge. When a semi goes over the bridge, the whole thing shakes! It’s a bit scary but the views make up for it, and even though I kept thinking, “I want off this bridge as fast as possible!” another great view would catch my eye and we’d end up staying for another few minutes. They are doing some work on the Deception Pass bridges right now, and every time we passed the workers hanging from the sides in their harnesses it nearly gave me a heart attack! They are some brave people for sure.
Side note: if you are visiting the bridge, please wear your mask! There were several people who weren’t, and because it’s impossible to maintain any distance when passing each other on the narrow sidewalk, we had to backtrack to the other side and wait for them to exit the bridge. We all want to get out and explore nature during these times, but it’s a lot safer and more enjoyable if everyone takes care of one another!
We had such a great time watching the boats go through the pass, and we even spotted a few seals playing in the kelp! Once the bridge started getting more crowded, we headed to a few fishing spots that Jacob had scouted out a few weeks earlier. For a while we just bounced around to different lakes, Jacob fishing and me sitting in the grass, enjoying the sun and the various plants. I’m still getting used to the fact that things grow here! Of course, during our travels we also found several things that do NOT grow here. Please remember the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace when enjoying the beautiful outdoors!
On the way back, we decided to stop at North Beach, the same beach that you can see from the Deception Pass bridge. Jacob threw out a few more lines and I had fun just watching the waves roll onto the colorful rocks that line the beach. I have always felt that the beach gives me strength and healing when I need it most, and it was so nice to spend a few quiet moments just listening to the water, taking deep breaths and knowing that I was exactly where I’m meant to be.
I am so thrilled to be living here (I’m not even sure it’s sunk in yet) and I can’t wait for many more days exploring this incredible landscape we get to call home!